[kaltura-widget wid="npug3s3vp4" width="410" height="364" addpermission="0" editpermission="3" /]In the hopes that people will get to witness Sharia law with their own eyes I have uploaded this video on my you tube account. Eight hours after posting I recieved an email from you tube informing me the video was pulled and the account ‘taffyincanada’ has been suspended. The mass flagging campaign by ‘Muslims against the facts’ is very active on youtube.
Diplomats and human rights campaigners have condemned a peace deal between the Pakistan government and Taliban militants after harrowing video footage revealed a teenage woman begging for mercy during a public flogging.
The footage appears to show a 17-year-old girl being flogged by Islamic militants in Pakistan’s northwestern region of Swat.
The whipping took place after the peace deal was struck with militants in February following a protracted and unsuccessful military operation.
But a Taliban spokesman said that the punishment beating took place before the peace deal was signed when militants carried out executions and public beatings.
A local Taliban commander in the militant stronghold of Matta, outside of the regional capital, Mingora, ordered a girl called Chand to be flogged after she was accused of adultery.
“Please! Enough! Enough!” the girl is heard crying in Pashto, the language of the tribes who dominate northwestern Pakistan.
The two-minute video, shot using a mobile phone, shows a burka-clad woman face down on the ground. Two men, one of whom is her brother, hold her arms and feet while a third whips her 34 times.
“Please stop it,” she implores. “Either kill me or stop it now.”
She then cried: “I am repenting, my father is repenting what I have done, my grandmother is repenting what I have done.”
President Zardari of Pakistan has insisted the truce was made with “moderates” in the region and he has denied that militants control Swat.
Since the peace deal a chaotic form of Sharia law has been introduced. Islamabad approved the arrangement with Sufi Mohammed, tthe father-in-law of Mullah Fazlullah, the 33-year-old cleric who leads the Pakistani Taliban in Swat.
Sherry Rehman, the former Information Minister who was in the Cabinet at the time of the pact, has demanded official intervention to ensure there is no repetition of the punishment: “The democratic Government was elected on the platform of peace, rights and its strong position on terrorism. We, as public representatives, have a responsibility to stand for our people if they are being subjected to atrocities by elements that are not recognised by the state as legitimate actors. Ignoring such acts of violence amounts to sanctioning impunity. The fire in the Swat Valley and our Northern regions can engulf other parts of the country, if we do nothing to put it out.”
The peace deal has alarmed Western capitals as it has highlighted the fast creeping pace of Talibanisation in the north west of the country.
“All evidence we have so far indicates that the peace deal has deal simply ceded control to the militants,” said a senior Western diplomat.
“Whether the this teenage girl was beaten by militants before or after the peace deal is not clear but it demonstrates the clear and present danger of militancy to Pakistani citizens,” she added.
One Western official said he believed the Swat valley was a strategic conduit for militants passing from their two regional battle fronts: Afghanistan and Indian-controlled Kashmir.
“They have committed so many atrocities since the peace deal,” Sher Muhammad Khan, an official in Swat with the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan said. “They have taken entire control of the district. There is nobody to control them; they decide disputes according to their whims.”
Meanwhile, Taliban militants using guns and petrol bombs attacked a terminal in northwest Pakistan today containing supplies bound for US and Nato troops in Afghanistan.
Militants attacked the terminal on the outskirts of Peshawar city before dawn on Friday, setting fire to five shipping containers and damaging nine coalition vehicles before escaping.
A police official, Anwar Khan, said: “We are also in the process of assessing the damage (from) the fire that broke out after militants threw hand grenades and fired rockets on the terminal.”
International troops in Afghanistan transport up to 75 percent of their supplies via routes through Pakistan.
US commanders are seeking alternative supply routes through Russia and Central Asia as Mehsud has targeted a major supply route in Pakistan.
However, Gen. David Petraeus, head of US. Central Command, said that about 1 percent of the roughly 3,600 containers that have moved through the Khyber Pass, which links Peshawar with Kabul, were damaged or destroyed before they reached the Afghan border because of the attacks and other mishaps.